This week, New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik led a delegation of North Country officials to Ottawa, Canada to discuss economic development ties. Following her meetings with Canadian officials, the 21st District Republican spoke with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley about a variety of federal issues. The Republican recently invited President Trump to visit Fort Drum, a large military base in her district. But Stefanik reports there’s been no response yet from the White House.
The Burlington, Vermont City Council approved a resolution Monday night on the controversial plan to base F-35s in the city. The council voted to forward the Town Meeting Day ballot item requesting the Air Force cancel the basing of fighter jets at the Air National Guard base at the Burlington International Airport.
The New York state Legislature is nearing the April 1st deadline to complete its budget. North Country Assemblyman D. Billy Jones, a 115th District Democrat who represents Clinton, Franklin and part of St. Lawrence counties talks about the ongoing negotiations in the Assembly.
Vermont state officials say they are working as hard as they can to replace cellphone service, including the ability to call 911 from a mobile phone, which is likely to be lost soon in some rural areas of the state.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has approved land classifications recommended by the Adirondack Park Agency for nearly 65,000 acres of land. The move finalizes the creation of one of the largest wilderness areas in the eastern U.S.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders moderated a town hall on Inequality in America Monday evening. He brought together outspoken advocates to discuss what they see as the decline of the middle class and risks of an oligarchy, and offer potential solutions.
Lake Champlain International Executive Director James Ehlers is known in Vermont for his outspoken environmental advocacy especially when it comes to the state’s waters. He has never held elective office but last July announced he would challenge first-term Republican Governor Phil Scott. Ehlers, a Democrat, says he entered the race because he feels the people’s voice is missing from the governor’s office.
Two weeks ago, Adirondack interests raised concerns about an item Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget that would shift how New York pays property taxes to local communities on lands it owns in the Adirondacks. Now, a “Forever Taxable” Coalition has been formed to oppose a Payment in Lieu of Taxes system in the Adirondacks and Catskills.